S.T. Game 24. Tanaka set for the opener, but so-so today as Mets win 7-2.


Masahiro Tanaka is set for the Opening Day start at the Stadium on April 6, but he was just so-so today as the Yanks lost 7-2 to the Mets (Wednesday).

As I am watching spring training progress, I see some things that make me wonder. It’s far too early to predict things, but no team has everyone on sync at the same time. You have slumps and people that get hot. Here are some thoughts so far.

Players it seems would be good this year: Pineda, Headley.

Players I wonder about: CC, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner (he’s had a poor spring), Drew, Betances (has been struggling).

A player I think will do better than expected: A-Rod.

Players to watch: Judge, Pirela and Refsnyder if Beltran, Drew, show that they are done.

A golden nugget that could surprise and be a steal: Andrew Bailey.

Chase Headley was 2 for 3 with an RBI today.

The pitching line

Tanaka 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K.

Betances 1/3, 1 R 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Miller 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0k.

Bailey, 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.


S.T. Game 23. Flores’ walkoff HR helps Yanks win 9-8.



Ramon Flores, down to his last strike, hit a 3-Run walkoff HR as the Yanks beat the Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night. The Yanks scored four in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

Esmiel Rogers started, and in my opinion, did nothing to lead me to believe he deserves the #5 starting rotation spot over Adam Warren.

Mark Teixeira went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Rogers 3 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, (Rogers’ own error), 5 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Andrew Miller 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Jeff Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Diego Moreno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Three errors tonight, one by Rogers, two by Francisco Arcia. Got to tighten up the D.

The Yanks are now 13-9-1 in spring training.


S.T. Game 22. Yanks lose 7-6 despite Young’s 2 HR


Chris Young hit 2 HR and Brian McCann added another one, but the Yankees lost to Washington 7-6 in Monday’s spring training game.

Hopefully Brett Gardner heats up when the season starts. He was 0 for 4 yesterday and struck out twice. He’s hitting just .132 this spring.

Starting next Sunday I really get interested. When there is a week left and most cuts have been made, I want to see what we’ve got with the players who are left and going north to the Bronx.

Young went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, and McCann’s was a 2-run shot. Backup C John Ryan Murphy had two hits as the DH yesterday. The Yanks played with the DH, the Nationals without. Rob Refsnyder continued to hit, going 2 for 2. It’s Refsnyder’s defense that needs some improvement and is why he’ll be ticketed for AAA. However if Stephen Drew fails to hit….

I have read reports where scouts are down on Drew and Carlos Beltran. Just saying.

Bryan Mitchell was so-so in trying to win the #5 starter job.

Mitchell 3 1/3, 2 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 2 K.

Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 hits, 0 walks and 3 K.

Kyle Davies 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,0 walks and 0 K.

The pitchers weren’t helped by three Yankees’ errors. (Noonan, McCann, Arcia).

S.T. Game 21. Pirela hurt in Yankees’ 6-0 loss to the Mets.



On the third pitch of the game, CF Jose Pirela, trying to make the team as a utility man,  was injured trying to catch a long drive by CF Juan Lagares of the Mets. Pirela hit the wall and went down. Legares wound up with an inside-the-park HR. Pirela was later taken to the hospital in an ambulance and is reported to have suffered a concussion.

Pirela, 25, a righty bat, went 8 for 24 with one double, two triples. and 3 RBI in a short stint with the Yanks at the end of last year. He hit .305-10-60 with 15 SB for AAA SWB.

Although he is a utility man and the Yanks were trying him out in CF today, he had only played six games in CF in his minor league career. He had played 300 games at 2B, 364 at SS. 64 games were in LF, 12 at 3B, 12 at 1B, just 6 in CF and 13 in RF. Perhaps that lack of experience led to him hitting the wall and getting hurt. There is no timetable yet on a return.

So far, I have liked the Yanks’ pitching and have concerns about the offense. I think the bullpen could really be a strength.

But one person I am very concerned about is CC Sabathia. Even before the knee surgery that cost him most of the 2014 season, CC was showing signs of serious slippage. In two spring starts this year, he hasn’t done anything to make me rest easy.

Besides the inside-the-park HR mentioned above, CC gave up two other home runs today. In 4 2/3 spring training innings, he has given up six runs. I know it’s just spring training, but really, right now there is no way I would rank him above Tanaka, Pineda or even Eovaldi right now. I’d say #4… at best, and maybe even #5 behind Warren.

The Yanks’ offense managed just three hits today.

The one plus today was the pitching of Scott Baker, trying to come back from injury himself. Don’t take him out of the mix just yet. However Chasen Shreve may have taken himself out of the bullpen mix.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He gave up 3 HR.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Baker 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. He gave up a HR.

The Yanks fall to 12-8-1 for the spring.


S.T. Game 20. Yanks get 3 in 9th to win 3-2.


Eddy Rodriguez doubled home two runs with one out in the 9th, went to third on a throwing error on the play, and PR Slade Heathcott scored on Jake Cave’s SF as the Yanks scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to beat Houston 3-2 in Spring Training Action today.

Mark Teixeira was 2 for 3.

Michael Pineda started and was so-so. He’s had a good spring so far. Youngsters like Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren continue to give me no worries should they be called up mid-season.

Andrew Bailey may not make the Opening Day roster, but proves to possibly be a real sleeper later on. It appears the former ace closer may be coming back nicely from the injury that cost him most of 2013 and all of 2014.

Pineda 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 6 K.

Justin Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Andrew Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Andrew Bailey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 walks and 2 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks improve their spring record to 12-7-1. Hopefully they’ll be 12-8 or 13-7 after the first 20 games of the REGULAR season.

In other news, former Eagle great Chuck Bednarik, who was born, grew up and who lived in my area, died today at the age of 89. Bednarik was a two-way player, center and linebacker, for the Eagles from 1949-1962, playing on two NFL title teams (1949 and 1960, and the Eagles only have three titles, 1948, 1949 and 1960). A WWII vet, Bednarik was elected to the Pro football HOF in 1967.

S.T. Game 19. Warren & Whitley make statements in Yanks’ 11-2 win.



Adam Warren and Chase Whitley both made statements today as far as the 5th starter job and a long relief job for the Yanks in their 11-2 win on Friday.

Warren pitched 5 innings and gave up just one run. Whitley pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. While Whitley is still being considered for the fifth starter spot, it is more likely that after today, Warren gained the foothold on fifth starter, and Whitley a foothold on long man out of the bullpen (with Esmiel Rogers, who didn’t fare as well Thursday, being another long man option).

The Yanks scored six in the first inning. Gardner tripled to lead off and then Brendan Ryan, in his first S.T. AB after battling a back injury, doubled. Brian McCann singled in a run, Jose Pirela doubled in two and later Rob Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR. 6-0 Yanks before Adam Warren took the mound.

Later in the game, A-Rod hit a solo shot, his 2nd HR of the spring.

Warren 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are now 11-7-1 for the spring.


S.T. Game 18. Phils beat Yanks, 7-3.



In what is now becoming an audition for the #5 starter spot left open due to Chris Capuano’s injury, Esmiel Rogers didn’t take the bull by the horns on Thursday night in a 7-3 Yankees loss to the Phillies.

Rogers gave up 3 runs in 3 1/3 innings. Chasen Shreve, who was trying to make the bullpen as an extra lefty reliever, also had a rough night.

The Yanks only managed four hits. Chase Headley had a HR.

Rogers 3 1/3, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K

Carpenter 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Webb 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K

Goody 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Shreve 1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 h, 0 walks and 2 K.

The Yanks are 10-7-1 for the spring.